The federal government has granted EXFO Inc. $15.9 million for 5G technology development, it was announced Monday. The company will establish a 5G Centre of Excellence and create 50 new jobs in Montreal. The jobs will involve research and data scientists, and software and telecom specialists.
Meta Platforms Inc., parent company of Facebook, came out swinging against Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Friday. The firm finally appeared before the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage after lobbying for an invitation.
While Cogeco Inc. is pleased to finally see the terms and conditions of the MVNO framework from the CRTC, the company is less than thrilled about the imposition of a new eligibility requirement that those companies hoping to access the benefits of the framework have to be already offering commercial mobile wireless service somewhere in Canada, according to the company’s CEO.
Two events this past week – Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne’s press conference on Tuesday and the apparent collapse Thursday of mediation talks between the Competition Bureau and Shaw Communications Inc., Rogers Communications Inc. (with an ally in Quebecor Inc.) – represents a divergence between Innovation, Science, and Economic Development policy and Competition Bureau policy, according to one financial analyst.
Hopes that the government’s Online Streaming Act would receive quick passage in the Senate may be dashed by a proposal to delay voting until the Transport and Communications Committee gets to interview the new chair of the CRTC. Two members of the committee discussed the issue in the Senate Question Period Wednesday. No new chair of the commission has yet been appointed.
Tandy Yull is returning to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters as Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs. She arrives from the CRTC, where she was Senior Manager of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Yull was the CAB’s Manager of Television Policy and Social Issues until 1999, when she joined the commission.
The CRTC announced Thursday it was extending the deadline for interventions of its proceedings into the price of basic television service. The Public Interest Advocacy Centre had been requesting such a move earlier.
The organization representing independent companies providing cable TV and IPTV services is arguing that the Online Streaming Act has ignored the needs of small broadcasting distribution undertakings (BDUs) and needs amendments to level the playing field between those BDUs and its larger counterparts regarding bare access to streaming services.
Financial analysts reacting to Tuesday’s announcement from Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne – that he would both formally deny the transfer of spectrum assets from Shaw Communications Inc. to Rogers Communications Inc. while at the same time placing a set of “expectations” on Quebecor Inc.‘s putative takeover of Freedom Mobile – were cautiously optimistic about the impact of the minister’s messaging for the overall deal.